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You probably know that fireflies (lightning bugs) flash light! Why though? Do you think their light helps them somehow?
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They light up so they can find each other from far away. Imagine being a tiny bug and trying to find another bug!
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Some fireflies flash all at the same time. Scientists used flashlights to flash patterns—and the fireflies copied the flashes!
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Creatures that light up are rare, EXCEPT in one of these habitats. Which habitat do think has a lot of this type of creature? Why?
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Hint: Think of fireflies. They only come out at night in the DARK, using light to find each other. Does this give you any ideas?
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The DEEPEST parts of the ocean are so dark and almost no light reaches there. The only way to see creatures is if they light up!
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Is this little fish breathing fire? Is it spitting out light? What do you think is going on here?
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It’s spitting out the meal it just ate! The fish isn’t glowing—its food is glowing! Why would it want to get rid of a glowing meal?
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The dark ocean is filled with predators—fish that will eat smaller fish. If a small fish is glowing, it’s easier for predators to find it.
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This thing is crawling around in the jungle. What do you think it is?
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If you said worm, you were close—but it’s actually a beetle! Why do you think it lights up? (It’s not to find others in the dark.)
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The lights are a warning! When predators eat these beetles, they get sick! So they learn to stay away, and the beetles stay safe!
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Here’s another dark place! It’s a cave! What do you think it is that's glowing?
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They’re called glowworms! Each glowworm can make sticky “string,” kind of like a spider’s web. Why do you think they glow?
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Small bugs fly to the lights and get caught in the sticky string. Then the glowworms eat them!
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